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City View Community High School

March 1, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Economic Alliance Welcomes City View Community High School Into Our Downtown Location

Valued members, as you know, a focused mission of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has always been to unite the community in as many facets as possible. That being sai...

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Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

February 20, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development

The Perfect Refreshing Partner of Restaurant Week 2023

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company is the proud supporting sponsor of the Economic Alliance’s Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2023. Restaurant Week is a ten day, buy local foo...

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September 14, 2022 | Community Development

Big Little City for Your Housing Investment

​Moving to a new city is a life changing decision. Whether it’s for a new career opportunity or to move closer to family, investing in a home can be a big risk. The Cedar ...

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Image of Next Nature Mural

September 7, 2022 | Community Development

The Story Behind the Story: Next Nature Mural

​In late August local artist and owner of the Underground Art Studio, Scott Takes finished Next Nature, a dual mural that now adorns two sides of the Fix Salon building on t...

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August 1, 2022 | Community Development

MedQuarter’s First Commissioned Mural Completed

​An array of artistic beauty lines the west- and north-facing walls of the Citywide Cleaners building along A Avenue NE between 8th and 10th Street. The “Choose Kindness...

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Image with text Nearly one in five farmers market vendors started after the pandemic

July 27, 2022 | Community Development

Nearly One in Five Farmers Market Vendors Started After the Pandemic

​The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market can be the door for entrepreneurs to kickstart their passions and new business ideas. Economic downturns such as the 2020 COVID-19 ...

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July 12, 2022 | Community Development

The Downtown Farmers Market Tradition Spans 17 Years for 7 Vendors

​With a legacy spanning nearly two decades, the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market has been etched into hearts and souls of the local community. While there are new faces ...

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Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Logo

June 23, 2022 | Community Development

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Celebrates 20 Years as Community Champions

The city’s beloved Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market would not have life without the support of like-minded, community-driven businesses to help make it so. While having ...

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Volunteers for Farmers Market standing in a stall

May 12, 2022 | Community Development

Volunteer for the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to help bring one of Cedar Rapids’ most anticipated annual events to life? Early Saturday mornings, before the sun rises and the city is...

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Race for the space

April 27, 2022 | Community Development

New Competition Races into Downtown Cedar Rapids in 2022

​They say opportunity knocks softly. A new competition is coming to downtown Cedar Rapids in 2022, and it’s an opportunity knocking pretty loudly. Race for the Space is a...

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February 24, 2022 | Community Development

Ten Things to Watch For in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District

​As the Cedar Rapids Medical SSMID, better known as the MedQuarter, heads into its eleventh year of operation, the steadfast focus on district improvement continues. Here ar...

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July 28, 2021 | Community Development

Stronger Together: “We Are CR” Mural

​Our community and nation have been through much tragedy and tumult over the past 18 months, but during these tough times our community put its differences aside so that we ...

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July 28, 2021 | Community Development

Cedar Rapids Lights Up With Façade Improvements

​Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance facilitates a façade improvement program intended to encourage property and business owners within the Downtown Self-Su...

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Image with text Downtown Cedar Rapids

June 30, 2021 | Community Development

Downtown SSMID Unveils Fresh New Look

​The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) recently debuted a fresh, new look for Downtown Cedar Rapids. The new branding conveys energy and forward...

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May 25, 2021 | Community Development

Buying Local: Business to Business

​The Economic Alliance aims to increase business-to-business local spending and throughout this year will feature the services of member businesses and the economic impact c...

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